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Pakistan to US: stop the blame game

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Pakistan to US: stop the blame game


Washington must stop blaming Pakistan for regional instability – that is the blunt message today from the Pakistani Prime Minister at a gathering of political leaders.

“The blame game must end,” said Yusuf Raza.

“Pakistan cannot be pressurised to do more,” he added. “Our national interests should be respected in all circumstances. From our side, all doors for negotiations are open.”

There is anger against Washington over remarks made after an attack on the US embassy in Kabul.

Last week the top US military officer accused Pakistan of supporting the attack by the militant Haqqani network.

Anti-US demonstrations have been taking place, amid increasing hints from US officials that Pakistan must do more to fight extremist militants.

But Pakistan argues that it has made more sacrifices than any other country in the war on militancy, losing about 10,000 soldiers and police.

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